A Blizzard of Snow Buntings

Finally snow is beginning to pile up and the weather is beginning to seem more wintery. And right on cue, the snow buntings appeared on the road near Drayton where we were heading to walk along the Conestogo River. We had been waiting to see Snow Buntings but hadn’t seen a trace of them until last weekend. And it really was a blizzard! I would say there were 5 or 6 hundred of them in a flock. They kept moving from the roadside as cars approached, across a snowy field and into the treetops of the trees at the edge of the field. They would watch and then return to the road when it was quiet again. We waited for a while at the side of the road and crept forward after a while, and eventually they began to move closer along the edge of the road.

While the light wasn’t good and the distance was pretty great, you can see the large number of Snow Buntings sitting in the branches of the trees below!

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We enjoyed the company of Finches, Sparrows, Chickadees and Doves as we walked along the Conestogo river in Drayton.

We spotted about  six hawks, mostly Rough-legged throughout the day. The gulls have moved on and most of the water we saw has frozen over. And on our way home, around 4:30 we caught sight of a Snowy Owl perched high at the top of a tree in the middle of a field. A pretty good day!



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